We have a new parishioner, a university post-doc from Poland. She has ample singing experience in some really fine choirs in her native land as well as Scotland. Last week she mentioned her famous countryman’s favorite liturgical song, and look here: an illustrative discussion on it appears at PrayTell.
The protest began, but commenter Adam Wood has the true measure of the piece:
The song isn’t Mariachi. The composer was Spanish, not Mexican. Of course, you can do a Mariachi arrangement (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ5xJDOZbhA), but that’s not a natural style for the piece.
Agreed. If a church musician finds himself or herself slipping into such a style, it’s indicative more of artistic laziness than any defect of the music. It’s true. You can give me almost any serious piece of music, and I can fabricate a parody if I put my mind to it. PDQ Bach could, of course, render even more hilarity from an attempt.
I like singing Pescador in Spanish. I think the text and melody both are sturdy and wear well. It probably takes better musicians to piece together a tasteful accompaniment, but I’d say it’s a worthwhile effort. I can’t say I’ve ever lapsed into pseudo-Mariachi in arranging it for an ensemble. But maybe not every church musician is up to the task.